Publisher’s Position: SURVEY SAYS….. ‘RIGGED?’

By Steve Hunley This week has been one of enlightenment in terms of the tactics used by the Broad Academy trainees to obtain what they want and the means they are willing to use to get it. Knox County Schools Superintendent and Broad Academy graduate Dr. Jim McIntyre, in response to a request by Board […]

Publisher’s Position: When Right prevails

By Steve Hunley School Board members deserve credit for approving Gibbs Middle   There’s an old adage many of us learned from our grandparents: “It’s never too late to do the right thing.” Last Monday night at the Knox County Board of Education’s special-called meeting to approve its budget for the next fiscal year, that […]

How we got there

By Steve Hunley Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre has praise heaped upon him by some of the local news media as well as the usual “good government” types for what he boasts are some of his many accomplishments, like his “Leadership Academy.” Boiled down to its essence, the Leadership Academy is by all means McIntyre’s […]

Sue Who? Sue You!

By Steve Hunley I’ve always said people think the best tax is one somebody else pays while they derive the benefit. One could use the same logic with several school systems announcing they are filing suit against Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell, and the Tennessee Board of Education.   […]

Publisher’s Position: Biting the Hand That Picked You

By Steve Hunley Most folks are aware that the Knox County Board of Education has been dithering about whether or not to sue the State of Tennessee, along with the three other big urban counties – – – Shelby, Davidson, and Hamilton. Shelby and Hamilton have apparently already voted to sue the state over the […]

Why the Education Establishment Hates Vouchers

By Steve Hunley The Tennessee School Board Association is busy pedaling an editorial written by the Executive Director of the TSBA for publication all across the state.  The education bureaucrats are panicking, as it appears the Tennessee General Assembly will finally pass a school voucher bill. Dr. Tammy Grissom, Executive Director of the TSBA, tries […]

Tennessee’s Promise: Holding Public Schools Accountable

By Steve Hunley Senator Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga has introduced a remarkable bill in the Tennessee General Assembly.  The Gardenhire bill refers to Governor Haslam’s promise to pay for two years of college; Gardenhire proposes that those students who have to take remedial courses, the school system graduating the remedial student has to pay the […]

Publisher’s Position: The Next Big Thing: The Balanced School Calendar

By Steve Hunley One of the hallmarks of Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre’s regime is there’s always the “next big thing” right around the corner.  Unfortunately, the panacea never really seems to deliver the promised results. McIntyre’s current “next big thing” is the implementation of the “Balanced Calendar”.  In the charts accompanying this week’s editorial, […]

Publisher’s Position: No Surprise About ‘Insure Tennessee’

By Steve Hunley Governor Bill Haslam is surprised over the defeat of his “Insure Tennessee” program inside a committee in the State Senate.  I’m not the least bit surprised. Evidently the governor doesn’t talk to many people outside his own circle. The legislature is overwhelmingly Republican these days and the cries of horror by much […]